SRINAGAR: Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Wednesday led a protest march at Humhama on Wednesday seeking stern punishment for the culprits in the Kuthua rape and murder case.
A party statement issued here said the protesters holding placards in raised slogans against the rape and murder and condemned “India’s hypocrisy”. The protesters questioned India’s silence over Kunan Poshppora and Shopian rape cases.
On the occasion, Rasheed said, “New Delhi has many questions to answer. While it took rulers and politicians three months to wake up from slumbers but none spoke when the incident took place in January. Not only Kashmiris but the international community has a right to know that why was not the ill fated 8-year-old Asifa not allowed even to be buried in her native place and what were the reasons that even the water supply of the whole Muslim population including victims family was cut off?”
He said government has not taken any action so far against those officials of PHE and local police for their “miserable failures”. “The government has failed to protect the rights of minorities in Jammu and whatsoever little is being said and done in Asifa’s case is being portrayed like a favour to Muslim community. Had government being truly neutral, it would never have allowed Lal Singh, the former minister, to carry out public gatherings in Kathua and Jammu districts yesterday.”
“His (Singh’s) speeches were even more hateful and communal than before and he levelled baseless charges against not only the Jammu Muslims but entire Muslim community of Kashmir,” the independent MLA said and appealed world community to “ask India if it tries to hide its failures despite talking too late over Asifa’s issue”.
“What is the justification for denying punishment for those army men who were involved in mass gang rape in Kunan Poshpora in 1991, why is denying justice to Aasiya and Neelofar being related to so-called national interest?,” MLA Rasheed said and appealed civil society of India to ask questions to their army, bureaucracy and politicians that how could they justify the rape cases of Kunan Poshpora and Shopian “despite the fact they are among the heinous crimes committed by the army and other men in uniform”.